Email letters, Nov. 8, 2011

Public trustee should be commended

Public congratulations are due Paul Brown, our public trustee. The American system is great because it is driven by the competitive obtaining and keeping business. I understand The Daily Sentinel’s angst over loosing such a large account, but I think the Sentinel should also be seriously embarrassed by the apparent assumption that you could exploit the public as a monopoly.

Grand Junction

Stop blaming government

Do the Republicans, Democrats, tea party, Occupy people not understand what is going on here? They are all falling into the hands of the current administration’s ideals and plans. They are divided, taking sides, blaming each other.

History for some who know it has shown that should people want to conquer a nation you divide the people and create chaos. This is exactly what our government is doing. It is not just the Democrats or the Republicans who have caused this debacle of our housing, banking and economy. They both are equally responsible.

Stop relying on the government to help you. Vote out the cronies, demand term limits on congress. It is wrong to think that you have the right to own a car, a house and health care. If you want these things then earn them. Do not expect the government to give them to you. There is nothing in the Constitution that gives you these rights, only the right to be free from oppression and government intrusion

Stop blaming and unite against more government. This is, or was, a free country. You are going down a dark path and a slippery slope that we may never get out of. Now is the time for action, not against Wall Street. Really? They were only following the regulations given to them by our government.

GJ politicians get special favors

I served on the Grand Junction City Council for four years, two years as mayor. I’ve continued to be a close watcher of city activities. I have sometimes thought the Council and city acted with poor judgment, or moved in a wrong direction. But I always thought that honesty and ethical behavior were bedrock in Grand Junction.

The Nov. 6 Daily Sentinel story by Amy Hamilton brought with it a chill of despair for the city. City manager Kadrich said Pitts and Doody each complained to her about their water-runoff issues during an introductory meeting with Kadrich in the days after they were elected. And then the problems suddenly got fixed. The actions of City Manager Laurie Kadritch are wrong. She says it’s all just a coincidence that the councilmen’s problems got fixed when they did. Do you believe in coincidence? The actions of Councilman Pitts are wrong. After 40 years of determining that Pitts’ complaint did not warrant city action – then it suddenly did?

The actions of Councilman Doody are wrong. “Doody’s complaint seemed to fall on deaf ears, until he, too, was elected to the council…”

No doubt the letter of the law was followed, but there is a difference between legal and ethical. It is a difference seemingly not seen by Councilmen Pitts and Doody.

The governing elite have come to Grand Junction. The political class gets special favors. 

Pitts and Doody are supposed to judge the performance, and hold accountable the actions of the city manager. How can they do that now? They really should resign.

And once again, city manager Laurie Kadrich sits in the Machiavellian center of this sorry story. It was an ill wind that brought her to Grand Junction. 

Grand Junction
Firing Gen. Fuller was a mistake

With the firing of Major Gen. Peter Fuller, the Pentagon and White House missed a major opportunity to send a blunt and direct message to the leadership of Afghanistan. Rather than distancing themselves from the general’s statements, the military and political leadership should have supported him by stating his evaluation was right. The truth is his statements reflect most of the military leadership who have had to serve in and deal with Afghanistan and certainly reflect a growing majority of American sentiment.

There are times political and state department correctness is appropriate, but there are times when a blunt plain English message should be given. The Afghanistan leaders need to fully understand their self-serving, ineffective, corrupt leadership and threats to oppose America will not be tolerated. Their ungrateful attitude of the many American lives lost plus the additional lives that will inevitably be lost, the multiple and growing casualties, together with the untold millions of dollars of investment for their safety and betterment of their country deserve a blunt and direct evaluation. A thank you would be in order.

The tribal leadership mentality of Afghanistan understand blunt and to-the-point discussions, exactly what the comments by Gen. Fuller demonstrated.



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